Orange County Business Journal

TOURISM AND MEDIA

Recent and archived news stories on: Airports, Conventions, Entertainment, Hotels, Gaming, Restaurants, Sports, Theme Parks, Travel...

Redone SCP Rolex Boutique Mimics Ocean’s Waves

2,100-SF Shop Opens With Exhibit on Grant Recipients

Rolex helped watch retailer Baron & Leeds celebrate the reopening of its 2,100-square-foot boutique at South Coast Plaza with a photo and video exhibit showcasing Rolex Awards for Enterprise recipients in the Costa Mesa-based shopping center’s Jewel Court.

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Montage’s Pendry in Baltimore Named

The Baltimore hotel Montage Hotels & Resorts will run under its Pendry brand has been named Sagamore Pendry Baltimore.

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Angels Ads Aim at Less Obvious Fans

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed Santa Ana-based Amusement Park to create a campaign targeting “women and other groups typically outside the scope of MLB marketing.”

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Report: OC Hotel Rates on Rise

The Orange County Visitor Association’s quarterly market report on local lodging project 5% growth in both average daily rates and revenue per available room through the rest of 2016 followed by a similar gain for 2017.

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Knott’s Hires Disneyland Vet as VP

Jon Storbeck is the new vice president and general manager of Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, effective Monday.

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JWA Traffic Up 8% in April

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic increased about 8% in April compared with the same month last year.

Moro-San’s Mission

Globetrotting Exec Wants to Redefine Mazda

Masahiro Moro—or Moro-san as employees at Mazda North American Operations call him—reclined at his office in Irvine, where a picture of a red RX-Vision concept sports car Mazda Motor Corp. introduced in October at the Tokyo Motor Show hung on the wall directly across from his desk.

Cities, Hoteliers Dig Data When It Comes to Business

Destination Marketers, Others Hunt for Ways to Stand Out

More local cities, marketing groups and hotel companies are using data to decide how to reel in new business.

Q&A

Orange County is known for drawing visitors from across California and the rest of the country—and from many points around the world. Less attention goes to day-trippers, or those who come to Orange County without staying overnight, yet make a significant contribution to the tourism industry. The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked some local tourism and hotel executives about the value of what turns out to be a big segment of their business, and how they work to attract day-trippers to the county. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:

New Hotel, a Few Room Tweaks, Shuffle Ranks

HOSPITALITY: Great Wolf raises top 50 to 21,508 rooms

There have been a few changes on a list that rarely sees them.

HB Luxury Hotel Adds to Developer’s High-End Tilt

Pacific Hospitality Walks Line Between Resorts and Chains

This week’s opening of Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach marks the seventh high-end property out of 10 in owner-operator Pacific Hospitality Group’s stable.

Theme Park Company Buys NY Property

Apex Parks Group LLC in Aliso Viejo bought Martin’s Fantasy Island theme park in Grand Island, N.Y., on undisclosed terms.

Coast Magazine Names Top Editor

Samantha Dunn was named editor of Coast magazine, according to the Southern California News Group, which oversees 11 daily newspapers, several magazines and other entities in Southern California, including the Orange County Register.

Augmented Reality Product Picked for China Pitch

CandyBAR Delivers Images to Mobile Devices

Irvine-based Candy Lab, which has developed an augmented reality product intended to help businesses attract consumers, is one of eight companies selected by the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale to pitch to venture capitalists, angel investors, and government officials in China.

Vietnamese Style, Heritage Celebrated at Fashion Week

Event Showcased SoCal, Vietnam-Based Designers

Viet Fashion Week, showcasing designers of Vietnamese heritage, was held over the weekend outside the Westminster Mall.